Entrepreneur Ira Munn, in partnership with engineering students at Massey University and Otara’s Accelerating Aotearoa, has been developing The Drop – a three-wheeled electric car – since last year.
The Drop will be legal on motorways – and boast a battery range of about 300 kilometres. A prototype is expected by August 2017 and a market model, at a cost of around US$10,000, by March 2018.
“It’s a first for New Zealand and I’m really excited that New Zealand can have an electric car it can call its own,” said Munn.
“I think there’s a lot of creativity here in South Auckland that hasn’t been unlocked yet.
“I’m excited about Ierospace having a role in helping accomplish that goal.
“I want our footpaths for pedestrians to be safe from vehicle exhausts – we’ll be improving the environment in many ways.”
Four years ago, Aucklander Ivan Sentch used 3D technology in an attempt to print a full-sized Aston Martin.